National Caesar Salad Day

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Welcome to National Caesar Salad Day! Today, we celebrate the tangy, crispy, and oh-so-delicious Caesar salad. Whether you're a salad enthusiast or someone who prefers their greens seasoned with a little extra pizzazz, this national day is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

When is Caesar Salad Day?

It's national caesar salad day on the 4th July.

The Birth of Caesar Salad

Legend has it that the Caesar salad was invented by Italian-American restaurateur Caesar Cardini in the 1920s. During a busy Fourth of July weekend in Tijuana, Mexico, where Americans flocked to escape Prohibition, Cardini found himself running low on ingredients. But being the innovative chef that he was, he created a masterpiece out of necessity.

Cardini tossed together romaine lettuce, garlic, croutons, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and a raw egg (a classic Caesar dressing) to create the iconic dish we know today. The salad gained popularity quickly and has since become a staple on menus around the world.

The Internet's Obsession with Caesar Salad

The internet loves a good Caesar salad, and it's evident by the 616 mentions we've detected online. People share their love for this delightful dish on social media platforms, recipe websites, and food blogs.

On July 4, 2020, the virtual realm was buzzing with discussions about Caesar salad. It was a day filled with mouthwatering food pictures, recipe recommendations, and an overall appreciation for this heavenly creation.

Did You Know?

Did you know that the traditional Caesar dressing contains anchovies? Yes, those tiny fish make all the difference in creating that unique flavor profile. So next time you enjoy a Caesar salad, remember to thank these little swimmers for their contribution!

History behind the term 'Caesar Salad'


The Invention

Caesar salad was invented in 1924 by an Italian immigrant named Caesar Cardini. He owned a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, where the salad was first served. The story goes that Cardini whipped up the dish spontaneously when he ran out of ingredients for his main course and had to use whatever he had left. The original Caesar salad consisted of romaine lettuce, garlic, croutons, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and raw egg yolks.


The Rave Reviews

Word quickly spread about Caesar Cardini's invention, and his salad became a sensation. Hollywood stars and celebrities flocked to his restaurant, making the Caesar salad famous overnight. Its unique combination of flavors and textures made it a hit among the elite.


The Name Change

Caesar salad was originally called 'Aviator's Salad' due to Cardini's belief that the crisp lettuce and tangy dressing would help revitalize tired pilots. However, it was renamed 'Caesar salad' to honor its creator, Caesar Cardini. The new name added a touch of elegance and sophistication to the dish.


Julia Child's Endorsement

In 1953, renowned chef Julia Child fell in love with the Caesar salad while dining at Cardini's restaurant. She proceeded to popularize the dish in the United States through her cooking show and cookbook, ensuring its place in culinary history. Child's endorsement elevated the Caesar salad to new heights of fame and cemented its status as a classic.

Did you know?

Did you know that the traditional Caesar dressing contains anchovies?



First identified

4th July 2015

Most mentioned on

4th July 2020

Total mentions


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